Family searches for answers after illegal who killed daughter released

Family searches for answers after illegal who killed daughter released
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For relatives and friends, closure is still elusive more than a month after the death of Sarah Root.

Root died of injuries she sustained in a South Omaha crash on Jan. 31. The man authorities accuse of being responsible for the crash, however, remains at large.

Eswin Mejia was charged with felony motor vehicle homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated on Feb. 3 and released after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bond on Feb. 5. He has not been seen by law enforcement since his release.

Specifically, Mejia has not shown up for twice-daily Breathalyzer testing, a condition of his bond reduction, nor did he appear for his Feb. 26 preliminary hearing. A judge has since revoked his bail and issued a bench warrant.

Mejia was listed on his jail booking sheet as being from Honduras and not a U.S. citizen. Douglas County pretrial release officials graded him a low risk to flee despite the fact that he had a warrant and twice had failed to appear in court. Efforts by the Omaha Police Department to have Mejia detained by federal Immigration Customs Enforcement failed, which would have blocked his release upon posting bail.

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